I don’t want to discourage you when I tell you that it took me seven months to break through my personal barrier of resistance. Granted I did have a wedding to organize and a honeymoon abroad to enjoy in the middle of this.
But I’m pretty sure that if I didn’t I would have found something else to excuse my not producing much work. This is the nature of the beast:
While your conscious mind might say…I want to do this in terms of art…it is incredible what your unconscious will do to fight it. Whenever you start to try and CHANGE something, your inner self will fight it every step of the way.
I remember when I graduated from my Art Degree at University, instead of diving in full into my art….I decided I was going to open an Art Gallery and Workshop. Good for me, you say. Yes, but the thing was that I did this, not out of some long term dream, but simply so I didn’t need to engage with my own art practice. Let me tell you how it ran…
My first day of painting in my brand new gallery, I set out my paints and started to produce a series of abstract pieces. One two three four five six….
See? I had the right idea. I started working in a series using four primaries only ( I see green as a primary, by the way) and exploring on sheets of paper a number of techniques, including grid, flow, lines, splashes, etc.
The exercise was good! But as you well imagine the result was RUBBISH.
Well, it was the very first time I was trying out working entirely under my own steam! What did you expect? Jackson Pollock?
But what happened then? I looked at this work, decided it was rubbish, so told myself I was useless painting abstract work and didn’t try and do it again for at least another six months.
And that has been the story of my abstract painting experience. If I do not produce instant genius I stop working on it.
What causes this?
Recently I came across a wonderful little book which all artists should read. It’s is called:
The War of Art
Quoting from it, let me tell you a little about RESISTANCE.
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